A&E Briefs

Oktoberfest proves to be more than a celebration of beer

Although the celebration originates from a royal wedding in Germany, Oktoberfest is widely known as a two-week celebration held in Munich, Germany, with parades of musicians and dancers in traditional costume. Beer tents hold up to 5,000 people who gather for drinks and food.

Closer to home, the smell of sausage and sauerkraut wafted through the air during Oktoberfest at the Egan Center. The Anchorage-based event proves that Oktoberfest is more a celebration of German music and culture than just German beer. Marge Ford & The Alaska Polka Chips and the Alaska Blaskapelle performed traditional music while children and adults packed the dance floor. The German Club of Anchorage, which currently has 110 members, sponsored the event.

Tales of pillaging pirates and rock ‘n’ roll featured in new album

The scallywags of Anchorage’s pirate band have released their first and only album, “Captain Darby O’Bill and His Matees 3.” The album features 13 tracks, including those that have been featured on their Web site, such as “Barbary Coast” and “The Skulls on Skeleton’s Peak.” The band has been providing landlubbers with entertainment at bars and festivals across Alaska.

Captain Darby O’Bill has disbanded, but the group will be playing two shows this month to promote their album. The band will be playing at the Paddleboat Café on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., and at The Anchor Pub & Club on Oct. 27 at 10:30 p.m. The album will be available for $10 at both shows. To purchase an album online or listen to music from Captain Darby O’Bill, visit www.captaindarbyobill.com.

Homecoming Dance continues the tradition at UAA

As part of UAA Homecoming Week, students and their guests jived to loud music at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on Oct. 5. The annual Homecoming Dance was sponsored by USUAA, which provided food and beverages as well as alcoholic drinks for attendees 21 and older. The top level of the Heritage Center buzzed with a mingling crowd, while the lower level was crowded with people on the dance floor. Most girls were dressed in semi-formal attire while the boys kept it safe in button-down shirts or tee-shirts.

Upbeat rhythms and vocal harmonies highlight Girlyman concert

Feet were tapping to an uptempo beat as indie-pop group Girlyman performed on Oct. 5 at the UAA Fine Arts Building. Girlyman’s title may be misleading to those who haven’t heard of the group. Hailing from New York, the trio includes Tylan Greenstein, Doris Muramatsu and Nate Borofsky. Their harmonic sound is a combination of bluegrass and pop, accompanied with instruments like the baritone guitar, mandolin, banjo and percussion. They played music from their past two albums, “Remember Who I Am” and “Little Star,” as well as songs from their latest album, “Joyful Sign.” To listen to Girlyman, visit www.myspace.com/girlyman.